Why would someone leave a book in the hollow chunk of a tree?
It is filled with terrible knowledge that only the power of nature could truly keep hidden, but even that has failed as eons have worn the once great forest to a collection of dead and rotting trees and the encroachment of mankind once again brings the maddening book into proximity with those who might comprehend it..
Because he was staggering by it while bleeding out and didn't want his assailant to get it?
>>67224896They were being chased by librarians and couldn't be caught with it on their person.
>>67224896Secret fanfics of yore.
>>67224896The book was clearly made from the wood of the tree with the hole in it. The owner is just trying to return what belonged to the tree back to it.
>>67224896There's a designated shitting bush next to the tree and the book's missing half of the pages.
>>67225005What is happening in pic related?
>>67224896Sometime the enemy is too great and all you can do is die learning an hint of information.Pass it on so others may have a chance.
>>67225256Someone's been getting too chummy with wasps I guess...
>>67224896You're basically asking two different questions; why hide a book and why hide it in that specific place?The second question only has a few likely answers.If the book is meant to be stored for quite some time and retrieved later, a tree is slightly more convenient to retrieve it from than if it was buried and may provide a slightly better environment to keep the book intact (but it will still need to be wrapped and possibly boxed if meant to stay there more than a couple of days). The tree also provides a somewhat handy landmark, which could help find it, especially if the person doing the hiding isn't the person coming to retrieve it.The other major reason to hide something in a tree trunk is that it is convenient. If you know that there is a tree with a hollow trunk nearby, you can drop it in easier than digging a hole. This is unlikely to be a good long-term option, but sometimes things only need to be hidden for a few hours and sometimes people are in a hurry. Maybe they were being chased and only had a moment to hide the book.The first question is really the more interesting one. There are numerous reasons why a book might be hidden, but they fall into a couple of broad categories:>the book is valuableYou hide valuable to deny them to thieves, tax-inspectors, etc. In a realistic medieval-equivalent setting, any book might be worth a lot to a poor person. In a more fantasy kind of game, it might be a spellbook or magic item.>being found with the book could lead to troubleMaybe it is stolen, or a sacred text for a banned religion, or full of dangerous spells.>the book contains information you want to keep secretThis could be anything from a personal diary to the accounts for a criminal gang.>you want to pass the book to someone in secretThis often involves one or more of the above conditions, with the added complication that you need to transfer your text to someone else. Or possibly you just can't be seen doing business with them.
>>67224896Evil druid wizards doing evil druid wizard things
>>67224896A youngster or simpleton, who lives with their parents/guardians, found or inherited the book and its forbidden contents. They keep it in the hollow of a tree so that their parents/guardians don't find it among their belongings. or a young maiden stashed it there to keep it from the prying eyes of her sister. or a girl in love with a fae creature is told to write her heart's desire and he will reply, but only on certain nights of the month. She is in love, and it is a forbidden love, but she doesn't yet know this same fey loved her great-grandmother. or it's hidden there by a clan of barbarian gnomefolk. A human paladin is looking for the holy manuscript; a diary of thoughts and experiences by a reknowned and long-dead high priest of (deity of the paladin). The gnomes know the paladin will destroy them and their village to recover this artifact, so have hidden it in the forest.
>>67224896S'probably evil It's usually evil
>>67224896it's a wizard's apprentice's well guarded secret. Spells he knew he shouldn't have messed with and it eventually killed him before he retrieved his secret spellbook.
>>67224896The local Dryad is into necrofilia(book>paper>dead tree) and fisting, and someone is trying to get it's favor
>>67224896Better question, why would someone leave a body in the hollow trunk of a tree? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Who_put_Bella_in_the_Wych_Elm%3F
>>67224896It's titled 'The Life Story of the Flash', by Iris Allen.
>>67229315Someone was too lazy to dig a hole
>>67224896there's runes, an unknown language, bizarre diagrams, and occasional questionable stains that look like they might be bloodthe book was left there by pranksters who made up a bunch of random gibberish stuff and left it there for shits and giggles, hoping someone will find it and take it way too seriously
>>67224896It's part of a collection that only reveal the true secret of limitless planar travel when put together. The wizard who devised it needs to keep the knowledge from falling into the hands of a demon prince plotting an invasion, but the collected knowledge is too valuable to destroy entirely, so he hid them apart from each other but in the same geographic region.